2012 Harley-Davidson MotorcycleFor 2012, Harley-Davidson has upgraded the Road Glide Custom, known as the “tourer’s touring bike,” from the 96 ci to the Twin Cam 103 V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel.
The rubber-mounted engine produces 100 ft. lbs. of torque at 3250 rpm, adding additional horsepower to the Road Glide Custom, the tourer that features the famed shark-nose, frame-mounted fairing.The Road Glide Custom also takes styling to a new level, offering a slammed, custom appearance.Harley says “With a lowered suspension, large 18-inch front wheel, shorty, smoked wind deflector, color- matched saddlebag latches and custom rear fascia and taillight, the Road Glide Custom brings true attitude and style to that renowned handling.”The 2012 Road Glide Custom is also offered from the factory with a Security Package Option, combining an Anti-lock Braking System and Smart Security System for outstanding value.Following are the highlights, specs, color options and MSRP for the 2012 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom.2012 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom FLTRX Highlights:
NEW Rubber-mounted Twin Cam 103TM V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) with heated O2 sensors and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
NEW Tubeless Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel option
NEW Paint color options
6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission with integrated Isolated Drive System (IDS)
Dunlop “Multi-Tread” rear tire construction extends tire life by 25 percent
Brembo 4-piston front and rear caliper with dual front rotor brake system
Security Package Option including factory- installed Harley-Davidson Smart Security System with hands-free fob and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Sculpted seat for added comfort and improved ground reach
18-inch front wheel with a lower-profile, 130/80B18 tire
2-into-1 exhaust and single, four-inch-diameter chrome muffler
Red stop/turn/tail lights with chrome bracket that doubles as a visor over the low-mounted license plate
Stylized headlamp shroud
Smoked, short Lexan wind deflector
Black powder-coated powertrain with chrome covers
Black, Slotted Disc cast aluminum wheels
Lowered rear suspension
Aerodynamic frame-mounted fairing
Deep FL front fender with no trim
Stainless steel, easy reach handlebar
Chrome, low-profile fuel tank console
One-piece, two-up Street Glide-style seat with perforated insert
Injection-molded hard saddlebags with color-matched latches; 2.26 cu. ft. volume
Inserts fill the spaces between the saddlebags and the rear fender
Silver-faced, fairing-mounted electronic speedometer and tachometer plus fuel, voltage, oil pressure and ambient air temperature gauge
Streamliner footboards, brake pedal and passenger pegs
40-watt, two-speaker Advanced Audio System by Harman/Kardon with CD/MP3 player
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!